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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Nov 11, 2007 2:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

It was 35 years ago the great ABB bassist Berry Oakley died. I posted a similar memorial for Duane Allman a week and a half ago. Berry was a fantastic bassist and a friend of the Grateful Dead. Here is a link to Berry's last show and a link to a fine show with the Dead from July '72. When the video was filmed the ABB were getting ready to meet up with the Dead in Texas for a joint tour when Berry got killed in a motorcycle accident.
Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8HTBeFVUbI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zsI7_Epq_U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsJQHOQD5lc
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-07-16.sbd-aud.cotsman.11258.sbeok.shnf



This post was modified by jerkwaterdan on 2007-11-11 22:20:07

This post was modified by jerkwaterdan on 2007-11-11 22:22:18

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Poster: He Live's Date: Nov 11, 2007 9:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

i never realized it was 11-11-72.....i thought the story lead up to 11-19...thought that was the night the dead found out and the show of that night was THE SHOW for berry....

can't figure how i came by this line of innaccurate thinking....no show on 11/11/72 ...they play he's gone on 11/12 is that the berry show? in kansaS? thought the moment came in texas....?

i remember reading that it was leading up to "this show" that, i guess it was in stave parrish's book, that the dead were really starting to feel the strain of carting the "wall of sound" around, like some crew almost died themselves on the road on the way to this show.....

well, maybe 11/18 makes more sense...out on the road, word finally reaches the band on the way to texas....and he's gone is played this night too, (is this the show for berry?):

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-11-18.set2-sbd.cotsman.9002.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Nov 12, 2007 1:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

The tour was supposed to begin in Houston, a joint tour of The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead. How cool would that have been? Steve Parish describes in his book how he and Kid I believe crashed the equipment truck and totalled it on the way from Wichita to the Houston gig, nearly killing themselves. When they arrived at the show they found out about Berry. I read a cool 1973 article by Cameron Crowe where he interviewed Jerry and Jerry describes his love and admiration for the ABB, and Cameron describes the tour plans. Its a good read. Here is a link to the article if anyones interested: http://www.cameroncrowe.com/journalism/articles/crowe_jrl_dead2.html

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 12, 2007 7:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

Thanks for the link to the article - interesting to see Jerry's opinions of the "new" '73 songs.
Also interesting to see the rationale behind the "Bear's Choice" album - although I still think the picks were pretty peculiar.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Nov 12, 2007 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

oh sweet....i will have to read that later though....off to work i go (boo hoo)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 12, 2007 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

Nice read. Thanks. Of course, too bad that Almost Famous kind of colors some of the stuff on the Allmanns in my mind, but so it goes ...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 11, 2007 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

I friend and I went to see Hot Tuna at the Fillmore West in early 1971.

Had no idea who the 2nd billed band was...
they were called the Allman Brothers.

Whoah. They tore the top of my skull clean off.

Ran out the next day and bought their 1st lp.
Not quite as impressive as the show, but Midnight Rider was good.
And I've got one more silver dollar,
But Im not gonna let them catch me, no,
Not gonna let em catch the midnight rider.



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Poster: amosearle Date: Nov 11, 2007 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

Phil and Friends did a nice Midnight Rider at the Echo Project South of Atlanta 10-14-07.

They knew where they were and Berry would have appreciated the gesture, I'm sure.

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Poster: Don Shula Date: Nov 11, 2007 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memory Of Berry Oakley

right on.